Year published :2003.

Pages :369 pp.

Size :14.5x21 cm.

ISBN: 9789749575345

People's Republic of Kampuchea 1979–1989, The

by Margaret Slocomb

When the Khmer Rouge troops entered Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975, it seemed that the Cambodian revolution had been secured. During the following four years, Cambodian society was dramatically transformed at great cost in terms of human misery and death. Despite its outward display of total power, the regime of Democratic Kampuchea was deeply fragmented along factional lines within the Communist Party of Kampuchea which eventually ripped it apart. On the morning of 25 December 1978, a huge military force of the People's Army of Vietnam spearheaded a counter attack by the Kampuchean Front for National Salvation, led by a former KR commander, Heng Samrin. They found a country in ruins, the economy shattered and the people shocked and dispirited.

This book examines the Cambodian revolution before and after Pol Pot and attempts to explain the reasons for its ultimate failure. In particular, it traces the efforts of the post-DK regime, that of the People's Republic of Kampuchea, to rebuild both the state and the revolution. Many factors intervened to defeat their efforts to restore revolution. Nevertheless, the PRK did rebuild the state and the economy, and it helped return people's lives to the conditions of pre­revolutionary days.

Cambodia is a liquid land with a lake for its lungs, first shaped by water, and where humans ingeniously shaped water itself. Alcohol in Cambodia, known as sraa, is integral to the country’s food and drink culture, yet has received little recognition by writers and researchers. This book boldly takes up this challenge with its historical narrative of alcohol in Cambodia and its depiction of sraa as it is crafted and consumed today. Based on four trips and three months of fieldwork over 2022–2023, author Luke Corbin has applied his professional brewing experience and the research expertise developed from his seminal 2022 book Heritage Drinks of Myanmar to compose another compendium of a Southeast Asian nation’s unique drinks and drinking cultures, with over 130 colour photographs.

កម្ពុជាគឺជាដែនដីទឹក។ វាជាប្រទេសមួយដែលមានបឹងជាច្រើនប្រៀបបានដូចជាសួតឬដង្ហើមរស់ ដែលដំបូងឡើយដែនដីនេះបង្កើតឡើងដោយទឹក និងជាកន្លែងដែលមនុស្សបង្កើតទឹកប្រកបដោយភាពប៉ិនប្រសប់។ ភេសជ្ជៈគ្រឿងស្រវឹងនៅកម្ពុជាដែលគេស្គាល់ជាទូទៅថា ស្រា បង្កប់នូវសារៈសំខាន់យ៉ាងខ្លាំងសម្រាប់វប្បធម៌ម្ហូបអាហារ និងភេសជ្ជៈរបស់ប្រទេសនេះ ប៉ុន្តែ វាទទួលបានការយកចិត្តទុកដាក់តិចតួចប៉ុណ្ណោះពីសំណាក់អ្នកនិពន្ធនិងអ្នកស្រាវជ្រាវនានា។ សៀវភៅនេះកើតឡើងពីការប្រឹងប្រែងជំនះនូវការប្រឈមនេះប្រកបដោយមោទនភាព ជាមួយនឹងការបង្ហាញបែបនិទានកថាប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រនៃភេសជ្ជៈគ្រឿងស្រវឹងនៅក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជា និងការពណ៌នាអំពីស្រាដែលផលិតនិងទទួលទានដោយជនជាតិនេះនាពេលបច្ចុប្បន្ន។ ផ្អែកលើការចុះស្រាវជ្រាវដោយផ្ទាល់ដល់ទីតាំងចំនួនបីលើក និងការសិក្សាស្រាវជ្រាវអស់រយៈពេល៣ ខែ ក្នុងអំឡុងឆ្នាំ ២០២២-២០២៣ អ្នកនិពន្ធ Luke Corbin បានយកបទពិសោធន៍ផលិតស្រាដ៏មានជំនាញវិជ្ជាជីវៈរបស់គាត់ បូកផ្សំនឹងជំនាញស្រាវជ្រាវដែលទទួលបានពីសៀវភៅ «មរតកភេសជ្ជៈនៃប្រទេសមីយ៉ាន់ម៉ា» (Heritage Drinks of Myanmarក្នុងឆ្នាំ២០២២ របស់គាត់ ដើម្បីចងក្រងជាឯកសារបន្ថែមមួយទៀតអំពីភេសជ្ជៈតែមួយគត់ និងវប្បធម៌ផឹកស្រារបស់ប្រទេសអាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍មួយ អមដោយរូបថតពណ៌ធម្មជាតិជាង១៣០រូបភាព។

About the Author

MARGARET SLOCOMB has a doctorate in history from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has lived and worked in Cambodia since 1988.

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